Nutmeg

Nutmeg The nutmeg tree is an evergreen tree native to the Spice Islands and also widely cultivated in the Caribbean. The nutmeg tree produces nutmeg and mace. The nutmeg is the seed kernel found inside the fruit. The fine lacy covering on the kernel is the mace. Nutmeg has been known as the flavoring agent for centuries and was introduced to the Europeans as early as the 15th century. The nutmeg seed appears as a small yellow edible fruit. When the fruit is sliced, one can see the bright red covering over the seed. Nutmeg is usually sold without the hard shell. It is a widely available spice in most Indian and Oriental health food stores. It may be sold whole or as a powder. When added to foods, it has a sweet aromatic flavor. For use in food recipes, it is important to buy the whole nuts as they retain the flavor. The seeds do have flavor but it dissipates rapidly with storage. The whole nutmeg can be kept for a long time and can be grated as needed. The most important thing to know is that only a small amount of nutmeg is used to enhance the flavor of foods. In general, nutmeg is used to enhance sweet and spicy dishes like custards, sauces, cookies, pies, pudding and specialty cakes. Nutmeg is also added to many types of cheese, creamy sauces, creams and soufflés. Indians also add nutmeg to many vegetable soups like tomato, pea, black beans and split pea. In small amounts, nutmeg can compliment almost any dish like eggs, broccoli, spinach, eggplant, and onions. Many Europeans add nutmeg to enhance the taste of sausages, Scottish haggis, and lamb. Nutmeg is an indispensable flavoring agent in eggnog and often added to many punches, wines, and liqueurs. If nutmeg is not available, one may instead use all-spice, ground cloves, mace or cinnamon to obtain a similar taste. If not sure about the amount to use, always use half the stated dose. Small amounts of nutmeg can also be used for medicinal purposes to provide relief from flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea. However, if too much nutmeg is ingested it can worsen these symptoms and even cause seizures.

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